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Jelly Belly Annoucement: Adam Bergman
 
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Date: 7/28/2004
Jelly Belly Annoucement: Adam Bergman
 

Jelly Belly Pro Cycling Team presented by ARAMARK Announcement

July 28th, 2004

Pending the outcome of the disciplinary hearing for Adam Bergman by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), The Jelly Belly® Pro Cycling Team presented by ARAMARK has suspended the contract of the rider Adam Bergman due to a positive result from an out of competition anti-doping test administered by the USADA in early April.

The team, as well as the team's partners and sponsors, do not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing products, but rather strive to promote a healthy and fair approach to bicycle racing.

The management of the team emphasizes the tremendous dedication and work of the riders on the team who have prepared themselves to race in a manner that is consistent with guidelines of fair play in sport and with the code set forth by the US Anti-Doping Agency. The riders of the team are unanimous in their support of the suspension and want to show their commitment to racing clean by continuing in their quest to win the US National Racing Calendar Team Ranking. The Jelly Belly Pro Cycling Team presented by ARAMARK is currently ranked second.

Respectfully,

Danny Van Haute
Team Director

Kirk Albers
Captain

US Anti-Doping Agency Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 28, 2004) - The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced Wednesday that Adam Bergman of Lino Lakes, Minn., an athlete in the sport of cycling, tested positive in an out-of-competition test on Apr. 6, 2004.

He tested positive for recombinant human Erythropoietin (rEPO), a prohibited substance under the rules of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), which is the international federation for the sport of cycling.

rEPO is a synthetic hormone that stimulates the body’s production of red blood cells thereby increasing oxygen transport and aerobic power.

Bergman, 23, accepted and began serving the provisional suspension on July 27, 2004. By accepting the provisional suspension, Bergman agreed not to compete in any competitions under the jurisdiction of UCI, USA Cycling or the United States Olympic Committee.

He will receive credit for the period of the time he has served the provisional suspension should a doping violation be determined at an arbitration hearing.

USADA is the independent anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States, and is responsible for managing the testing and adjudication process for U.S. Olympic, Pan Am and Paralympic athletes. USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

Rich Wanninger
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

Adam Bergman's statement
July 29, 2004

"I disagree with the action taken against me and with USADA's interpretation of my test. My team has suspended me until this gets straightened out. Since the matter will now go to an arbitration panel, I've been asked to direct all further questions to my lawyer so I don't jeopardize my case."
Adam Bergman


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